Youths hurl gas bombs
A group of 25 hooded youths hurled gasoline bombs at an Athens police station on Saturday and set cars and motorbikes on fire, injuring three bystanders, authorities said. The attackers fled toward an open-air market and knocked two policemen off a motorbike, the official said. “They set the motorcyle on fire ... the tank exploded and people who were nearby were injured,” the spokesman said, adding that a man and woman working at the market and another bystander were injured.
Ham dispute turns violent
Four people were hospitalized in Tuscany on Saturday after a dispute over the thickness of a supermarket’s ham slices turned violent, the ANSA news agency said in a report. The row broke out when a 50-year-old woman shopping in the town of Livorno protested that the ham slices being cut by a counter assistant were too thick. A scuffle unfolded involving the shop assistant’s father as well as the woman’s husband and two sons. Police were called and three ambulances were also sent to the scene. The shop assistant, the disgruntled shopper and her husband all suffered bruises and were treated in hospital.
Sprayed bag causes scare
A dog that wasn’t quite housebroken may have indirectly been responsible for a bomb scare at a New York courthouse. The trouble began on Friday when 19-year-old Melvin Ruffin arrived at a court complex in Central Islip following a long bus ride from his home in Bellport. During the trip, another passenger’s Chihuahua urinated on his backpack. So, he stashed the wet bag in some bushes while he went inside to answer a disorderly conduct citation. However, a retired police officer saw the bag and alerted security. The bomb squad was ultimately called in. Officers used a robot to determine that the bag didn’t contain anything harmful. Ruffin told Newsday that he was let off with a warning to be more careful about where he leaves his stuff.
Man died of hypothermia
Authorities in Oregon say hypothermia and starvation caused the death of a man whose body was found months after his truck got stuck in heavy snow. Linn County Sheriff Tim Mueller said an autopsy was conducted on the body of Jerry McDonald on Friday, one day after it was discovered in his pickup. It was on a dirt road 6.5km from Marion Forks, in the Cascade Range foothills. Authorities said they found a calendar marked with McDonald’s notes that showed he became stranded on Feb. 14. The last entry was on April 15, about 60 days later. The body was discovered nearly a week after hunters found a Canadian woman who was stranded in remote Nevada for seven weeks.
Pigs to be tagged
Kuala Lumpur will give locally reared pigs embedded identity discs in a bid to stop the illegal slaughter and distribution of meat unfit for human consumption, reports said yesterday. This follows the revelation by pork sellers association chief Goh Chui Lai on Friday that unhealthy pigs were being slaughtered at illegal abattoirs, resulting in unhygienic meat being distributed nationwide. Veterinary services department chief Abdul Aziz Jamaluddin told the New Straits Times that radio-frequency identification discs would be placed beneath the skin of each pig in order to track it.